|Rank||Country||Plans||Avg. Price of 1GB||Cheapest 1GB|
|10||Congo (Democratic Republic of)||31||$0.88||$0.05|
|42||Palestine, State of||30||$2.06||$0.20|
|73||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||37||$3.42||$0.29|
|76||Bosnia and Herzegovina||20||$3.58||$0.49|
|119||São Tomé and Príncipe||19||$5.33||$1.38|
|127||Northern Mariana Islands||22||$5.99||$1.74|
|128||Central African Republic||11||$6.03||$2.87|
|134||Isle of Man||14||$6.42||$0.90|
|147||Saint Barthélemy (St. Barts)||17||$7.40||$0.56|
|167||United Arab Emirates||21||$10.23||$2.17|
|168||Svalbard and Jan Mayen||11||$10.26||$2.32|
|174||Papua New Guinea||34||$11.51||$6.83|
|176||Antigua and Barbuda||41||$11.71||$1.94|
|178||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||23||$12.00||$3.69|
|189||Micronesia (Federated States of)||7||$12.87||$0.83|
|191||Virgin Islands (U.S.)||21||$13.10||$2.40|
|200||Saint Kitts and Nevis||31||$15.05||$5.38|
|206||Trinidad and Tobago||7||$17.10||$9.79|
|208||Virgin Islands (British)||42||$18.55||$5.83|
|216||Turks and Caicos Islands||26||$23.09||$10.00|
|220||Wallis and Fortuna||6||$26.86||$15.40|
Don Karl Juravin
Juice manufacturers in the food and drink industry list the nutrients of natural orange juice at the time of packaging, per the FDA. Based on the nutrition facts label, the consumer expects to have benefited from all the claimed nutrients until it’s expired. JURAVIN RESEARCH found that while no one is lying, per se, the label tricks the consumer. What fresh OJ manufacturers don’t tell you is that once you open the container, Vitamin C immediately oxidizes and vanishes.
SO, WHAT IS REALLY IN THE JUICE YOU DRINK?
Your body gains 10 tsp of sugar and 1 oz of fat.
How is the consumer being tricked when buying orange juice marked “natural” or “fresh”?
- Vitamin C vanishes to zero (100% of the 65 mg vitamin C vanishes).
- OJ’s levels of sugar are similar to a soda.
- OJ must be pasteurized for longer shelf-life which destroys the nutrients in the process.
- 16 oz fresh OJ has 223 calories while Coke has 186 calories.
- Concentrated OJ has more Vitamin C than the expensive, fresh or natural OJ.
- A tall glass of OJ has about 10 tsp of sugar and will add 1 oz of fat to your body.
250% THE COST OF OTHER DRINKS
Natural orange juice costs 2 to 3 times more than orange flavored drinks. Soft drink companies offer a natural OJ taste and even add artificial pulp to spare consumers from the calories and help them save money. Moreover, such flavored orange drinks are healthier than those claimed to be “fresh” or “natural” (which are NOT and will be discussed in JURAVIN RESEARCH other studies).
Moreover, Don Karl Juravin reviewed and found that added ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to a diet orange drink benefits more than the natural, vanishing Vitamin C. Drink manufacturers can offer these health benefits, but as long as consumers continue to pay double or triple for “fresh” juice, why should they?
The Vitamin C Deception
We found evidence of decreasing Vitamin C levels from bottling to the moment of the consumer’s first sip; by the expiration date, the Vitamin C has completely vanished. What fresh orange juice manufacturers don’t tell you is that once you open the container, Vitamin C immediately oxidizes and vanishes. This means that the Vitamin C on the label has no more value.
The clinical trial compared the REAL available Vitamin C content of reconstituted (concentrated) frozen orange juice at preparation vs. “freshly squeezed” orange juices. The lab bought orange juice from local retailers and stored at optimal refrigeration. They analyzed the juices for reduced and oxidized Vitamin C content at the time of purchase. The lab re-analyzed 3 times per week for 4 to 5 weeks.
Our research found that many claim The Recommended Daily Dose of Vitamin C to be 60 mg a day while doctors advise a much higher volume. Natural orange juice labels’ claims are for 100% RDA of Vitamin C in every glass.
Understanding Addiction To Sweetness
Importance of the research: the goal of the three articles is to understand the role of sweetness as the #1 cause of obesity. The research will also determine if sweeteners are a true solution or if they only lead to gaining more weight. Is it possible we're being misled and the FDA is turning a blind eye?
- 1: Understanding addiction to sweetness
- 2: The harm of sweeteners’ fillers
- 3: All sweeteners compared – which is best for weight reduction?
- 4: Are sweeteners healthy or damaging?
Author: Don Karl Juravin has helped 90,000 morbidly obese people to achieve a healthy weight. He is the inventor of the “gastric bypass ALTERNATIVE” which is awaiting clinical test results before going back on the market. The average user of Juravin’s invention needed to lose about 130 lbs. And so over a 10 year period, Juravin‘s Facebook group, with 90,000 members, became the most successful weight loss group on the web with the highest weight loss success rate.
What are sugars?
Sugar is the common name for a simple, short chained carbohydrates, consisting essentially of sucrose. It is used to sweeten food and beverages.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, the natural and biological molecules, contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (Cm(H2O)n). Scientists have classified them as:
- Monosaccharides: Monosaccharides are the simplest carbohydrates and are often called ‘single sugars’. They are the building blocks from which all bigger carbohydrates are made. E.g. Glucose, fructose, and ribose.
- Disaccharides: Disaccharides contain two monosaccharides linked via a chemical bond. E.g. Sucrose (table sugar) and lactose.
- Oligosaccharides: Oligosaccharides contain 3 to 9 monosaccharides linked via chemical bonds. E.g. Maltodextrin.
- Polysaccharides: Polysaccharides contain 10 or more monosaccharides linked via chemical bonds. E.g. Starch, cellulose and pectin.
What is sweetness?
- A pleasant taste, characteristic of sugar or honey, describes the taste of sweetness. The Sweetness Perception Rating scores different levels of sweetness. According to Juravin, sugars and sweeteners have varying levels of sweetness. While various chemicals and plants produce a sweet taste, sugars are the main biological and chemical molecules associated with sweetness. All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars and produce a sweet taste.
- A sweet substance produces sweetness when it reacts chemically with taste receptor cells located on taste buds in the oral cavity, mostly on the tongue. The tongue has 5 different taste receptors. One of them is for sweet tastes.
Sweetness Perception Rating
- Scientists rate sweetness perception on a scale used to determine the sweetness of a substance. Sucrose (table sugar) is the reference most commonly used. In order to rate based on intensity and pleasantness, scientists compare the sweetness of every substance or chemical with the sweetness of sucrose.
- The reference value of sucrose is set to be 1 or 100.
- Fructose has a value of 1.2 to 1.7 or 120 to 170, which means fructose is 120% to 170% sweeter than sucrose.
- Juravin discovered that glucose and dextrose have 0.7 to 0.8 relative sweetness. Therefore they are 70% to 80% sweeter compared to sucrose (Fontvieille 1989, The Canadian Sugar Institute 2016).
White and brown sugar
Sucrose (aka table sugar) is a crystalline tabletop and industrial sweetener used in foods and beverages. 1 teaspoon (~4g) of sugar = 16 calories, or 1g of sugar = 4 calories.
Source: (Yang 2010)
The difference between white and brown sugar
- Both white and brown sugar are sweet granules derived from the sugarcane plant. Sugarcane juice is extracted and boiled until molasses-rich sugar crystals form. These crystals are spun rapidly to remove the molasses.
- White sugar has all molasses removed and is considered ‘pure’, whereas brown sugar is 96% pure (4% molasses) and is considered ‘raw’ (The Sugar Association 2016).
- Both white and brown sugar contain 4 calories per gram or 16 calories per teaspoon.
History of sugar
Juravin‘s research revealed when sugar was first discovered (1099 AD), it was extremely expensive and considered ‘white gold’. Now, technology advanced sugar to be a cheap commodity no longer reserved for only the rich.
Functions of sugar
- Sugar performs a variety of functions in food products, in addition to providing a sweet taste and flavor (Canadian Sugar Institute 2016):
- Preservative: Jams and jellies
- Inhibits the growth of microorganisms: Jams and jellies
- Holds moisture and prevents staleness: Baked goods such as cakes
- Enhances texture and color: Canned fruits and vegetables
- Prevents ice crystal formation: Frozen sweet mixtures such as ice creams
- Supports fermentation: Products containing yeast such as bread.
Sugar (sucrose) interactions with the brain
Consumption of sugar activates brain reward pathways, promoting food cravings and consumption.
- Sugar recruits a distributed pathway within the brain. The pathway associates with a rise in dopamine. This rise prioritizes energy-seeking over taste quality, which results in the promotion of food consumption (Tellez 2016).
- Glucose increases food-seeking behavior through sweet-tasting mechanisms in the mouth and gut as well as glucose-sensing mechanisms in the gut (Ochoa 2015).
- The same form of sugar, glucose, impacts both brain reward regions and eating behavior directly by entering the brain. It impacts them indirectly through peripheral neural input. Oral and intestinal sweet-tasting/sugar-sensing mechanisms also indirectly impact the brain. (Ochoa 2015).
Different effects of different sugars on the brain
Equal parts of fructose and glucose compose sugar. Juravin determined that almost all sugars and sweeteners activate the brain reward system, but to different extents. For instance, fructose consumption is accompanied by a higher activity rising in the brain reward system and less satiety inducing. Glucose, saccharin, and sucralose have a similar effect, to a lesser extent.
- Sweeteners and sugars stimulate brain reward pathways because of their sweetness intensity, not caloric value (Lenoir 2006).
- Glucose and fructose ingestion differentially modulate the release of satiation hormones (Wölnerhanssen 2015). Fructose provides less satiating effects than glucose.
- Relative to fructose, glucose ingestion induces greater elevations in plasma glucose (by ~1.3 to 1.4 times) and insulin (by ~3 times), increasing feelings of fullness and decreasing consequent food consumption (Wölnerhanssen 2015, Page 2013). Furthermore, fructose causes higher increases in the activity of brain regions within the limbic network involved in reward behavior in comparison to glucose (Wölnerhanssen 2015).
- Different sugars affect control of intake differently. For instance, while fructose results in doubling of blood triglycerides, glucose intake upregulates 7 and affects 6 satiety-related hypothalamic peptides (Colley 2015) resulting in an increased sense of satiety after glucose intake compared to fructose.
Further Evil Effects of Sugar
- Glucose and fructose intake increase dopamine in brain reward regions (Dela Cruz 2015). This results in an increased desire for more foods, especially carbohydrates.
- Fructose ingestion results in higher brain reactivity to food cues, more hunger, and desire for food and smaller increases in plasma insulin in comparison to glucose ingestion, resulting in more promotion of feeding behavior after fructose ingestion (Luo 2015).
- In addition, Fructose consumption reduces blood flow in the hypothalamus, but less in comparison to glucose consumption, resulting in less hunger suppression (Page 2013).
- Higher fructose to glucose ratio in foods enhances the reinforcing effects of sugar. It also leads to neurobiological and physiological alterations associated with the higher desire to food intake (Levy 2016).
- Sugar bingeing is higher after consumption of fructose in comparison to glucose and sucrose (Rorabaugh 2015).
- Saccharin causes lower rises in dopamine metabolites of the brain in comparison to other carbohydrates indicating less rewarding properties of saccharin compared to other sugars (McCutcheon 2012, Blackburn 1986).
- Sucralose causes lower activation of brain regions involved in reward and lower dopamine rise in comparison to sucrose (Frank 2008).
Sugars’ effects on weight
- If an individual were to consume 5 beverages with high volumes of sugar daily, this would be an additional 212 calories per day, or 77, 380 calories per year. The human body would gain of ~10 kg (~22 lbs) per year.
- Sugar is highly addictive and increases cravings, resulting in increased food intake and weight gain.
It reads on the WWII bombs: “Easter eggs for Hitler” and “Happy Easter Adolf”
The military history of the United States in World War II covers the war against Germany, Italy, and Japan, starting with the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. During the first two years of WWII, the United States maintained formal neutrality. The Quarantine Speech, delivered by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, confirmed the States’ neutrality. However, the country also supplied Britain, the Soviet Union, and China with war material through the Lend-Lease Act, which was signed into law on 11 March 1941. The U.S. also deployed the military to replace the British invasion forces in Iceland. Following the “Greer incident,” Roosevelt announced the “shoot on sight” order on 11 September 1941. This action effectively declared naval war on Germany and Italy in the Battle of the Atlantic. In the Pacific Theater, there was unofficial early U.S. combat activity, such as the Flying Tigers.
LEADERS OF THE WAR EFFORT
During the war, over 16 million Americans served in the United States Armed Forces. 405,399 died in action and 671,278 received wounds. There were also 130,201 American prisoners of war. 116,129 of the prisoners returned home after the war. Key civilian advisors to President Roosevelt included Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. Stimson also mobilized the nation’s industries and induction centers to supply the Army. General George Marshall commanded the armed forces. The Army Air Forces took direction from General Hap Arnold. The Navy, led by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox and Admiral Ernest King, proved more autonomous. Roosevelt and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chaired by William Leahy, set overall priorities. The highest priority went to the defeat of Germany in Europe. But after the sinking of the main battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, the war against Japan in the Pacific became more urgent.
Don Karl Juravin notes that Admiral King put Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, based in Hawaii, in charge of the Pacific War against Japan. A series of some of the most famous naval battles in history followed this decision. The Imperial Japanese Navy had the advantage, taking the Philippines as well as British and Dutch possessions. Japan threatened Australia but in June 1942, Americans sunk its main carriers during the Battle of Midway. The Americans seized the initiative. Juravin discovered that the Pacific War became one of island hopping. The American army moved air bases closer and closer to Japan.
SURRENDER OF JAPAN
The Army, based in Australia under General Douglas MacArthur, steadily advanced across New Guinea to the Philippines. It made plans to invade the Japanese home islands in late 1945. With its merchant fleet sunk by American submarines, Japan ran short of aviation gasoline and fuel oil. The U.S. Navy, in June 1944, captured islands within bombing range of the Japanese home islands. Strategic bombing directed by General Curtis Lemay destroyed all the major Japanese cities. The U.S. captured Okinawa after heavy losses in spring 1945. With the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as an invasion and Soviet intervention imminent, Japan surrendered.
WWII against Germany involved aid to Britain, her allies, and the Soviet Union. The U.S. supplied munitions until it could ready an invasion force. The North African Campaign first tested the U.S. forces to a limited degree.They then joined British Forces to a larger degree in Italy in 1943–45. U.S. forces, representing about a third of the Allied forces deployed, bogged down after Italy surrendered and the Germans took over.
Finally, in June 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower invaded France. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Air Forces and the British Royal Air Force engaged in the area bombardment of German cities. Together, they systematically targeted German transportation links and synthetic oil plants. They also knocked out what was left of the Luftwaffe post Battle of Britain in 1944. With the Soviets in the east, and the Allies in the west, Germany was squeezed to death. Berlin fell to the Soviets in May 1945. With Adolf Hitler dead, the Germans surrendered.
Civilians strongly supported the military effort on the home front. They provided the military personnel, the munitions, the money, and the morale to win the war. World War II cost the United States an estimated $341 billion in 1945 dollars – equivalent to 74% of America’s GDP and expenditures during the war. In 2015 dollars, the war cost over $4.5 trillion.
It’s the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel told her that Jesus had risen.
Jesus and Easter
Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.
The Bible states that if Jesus hadn’t risen, Christian preaching and faith would have been “in vain” or even “empty.” In other words, the belief that Christians have in Jesus’ divinity is rooted in the moment of his resurrection. Without that part of the Easter story, Jesus simply dies and that’s it.
You can also look at it as the meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.
However, HOLY LAND MAN thinks that Easter did not always symbolize Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre.
When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.
Today, the meaning of Easter, for millions of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
Meaning of The Name “Easter”
Theory 1 for the meaning of “Easter”
Don Karl Juravin researched the word Easter and it might have derived from a springtime Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess called Eastre (known as Eostre, in German and in Norse as Ostara), whose symbolism included the hare, the moon and eggs. But that figure is disputed, and others say it derives from the word ‘east’, ‘dawn’ or from the Norse word for the spring season3. Easter is steeped in the symbolism of cycle of the sun, which rises in the East, and which in spring fondles the natural world to life. In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox occurs on the 21st of March when the length of the day increases until it is equal with the length of the night.
The sun, growing in power, finally overtakes darkness, and this solar rebirth is celebrated in most ancient pagan religions, where agricultural life depended on the growth of spring. The other symbol of ancient solar superstition was the moon; and even today, Christians still celebrate their version of Easter on the first Sunday on or after the first Full Moon after the March equinox, tying Easter to its historical pagan roots.
The images of Easter include two of the most ancient and universal symbols of birth, nature, fertility, life, and rebirth: the egg and the rabbit. We told anthropomorphized stories to explain why the sun, and nature, waxed and waned with the seasons, and thus Adonis, Attis, Dionysus, Osiris, and many other Greek and Roman cults celebrated the death and rebirth of their gods at this time of year9. Since the very first centuries,
Theory 2 for the meaning of “Easter”
I also found out that Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.
CE Christian apologists have had to defend themselves against accusations that the Jesus story was a retelling of pagan myths9. The beloved chocolate egg has now come to be the ubiquitous and central image of Easter and the Easter holidays, and the Easter Bunny can often be seen delivering (and hiding) them, reminding us that Easter is a pagan, sun-worshipping festival.
We are truly thankful for the extent of His LOVE, stretched out on a cruel wooden cross. We dwell on the pain He bore for us and are truly grateful for the forgiveness that He offers. As we worship and praise now, help us to live in the wonder of this goodness and marvel at His endless grace. Amen.
We love sugar. We are genetically wired to love sugar. Sugar activates a rewarding spot in our brain. The brain uses 25% of our daily energy, more than any other organ and glucose is its source of fuel.
I’m Don Juravin and I LOVE HELPING people getting better HEALTH, love, happiness, and success.
I concluded that the FDA is not PROTECTING our health enough from deception.
The FDA is not explaining the danger of sugar clearly enough. Let’s exposed the food manufacturers tricks since 50% of our daily sugar consumption is from ingredients that are not clearly marked as sugar.
Why There Are 56 Names For Sugar?
I found out that Food manufacturers are getting us addicted to sugar by using different sugar names to confuse us on the food label. 75% of all foods hide sugar under deceitful names. Why?
To trick us when we read the food label:
The ingredients on a food label must be listed according to their weight. The food manufacturer wants to avoid listing a sugary ingredient at the top 3 of 5. Therefore they will break it into many sugary ingredients to still maintain the high sugar content and list them at the end.
Instead of adding pure sugar, Food manufacturers add few of the 56 sugar like ingredients. That achieves their deceiving goal: not having to list “added sugar” in the “carbohydrates” section. The result: we’re tricked into believing that the rest of the ingredients are natural.
Watch the educational video:
56 names are all SUGAR in disguise:
- Barley malt
- Barbados sugar
- Beet sugar
- Brown sugar
- Buttered syrup
- Cane juice
- Cane sugar
- Corn syrup
- Corn syrup solids
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Carob syrup
- Castor sugar
- Date sugar
- Dehydrated cane juice
- Demerara sugar
- Diastatic malt
- Ethyl maltol
- Free flowing brown sugars
- Fruit juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Glucose solids
- Golden sugar
- Golden syrup
- Granulated sugar
- Grape sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
- Icing sugar
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Raw sugar
- Refiner’s syrup
- Rice syrup
- Turbinado sugar
- Yellow sugar
Author: Don Karl Juravin (HOLY LAND MAN) from JURAVIN RESEARCH
Islam is perceived by the world as a religion of jihad, or terrorism while in reality the Quran, the basis for all Islam, preaches for peace and the dignity of women, as well as men. JURAVIN RESEARCH invested 4 months and we found the reason. Now, can a good Muslim read this research and know what to do?
Imams may be the reason as they are the interpreters of the Quran in the mosque. They represent God’s wishes to ordinary believers. The Imams are highly respected, as Christians respect the Pope. The imam Suleiman Anwar Bengharsa not only “misrepresented” the Quran for his followers but also supplied a terrorist with over $1,000 in weapons. There is an imam who is responsible for a terror attack or a group of young Muslims announcing jihad. In Britain, months before a terrorist attack, Imam Mustafa Graf was recorded preaching for jihad.
But Islam is not about war and violence. Islam is a religion of peace. The imams need to reform, and the people need to be more discerning about what they believe. Imams who are in the wrong should be challenged, not blindly obeyed.
Imams are Highly Respected
The culture of Islam has been built around respect for leadership and authority. Imams and everything they stand for are highly valued in Muslim society.
Islam relies on the interpreters of the Quran to maintain peace, stability, order, and in order to better seek the perfection of the religion. Islam translates to “submission to the will of God.” The ideal of Islam is a perfect world where God and man are in harmony with one another. Imams seek to bring the reality of that ideal to the material world.
“The people in charge can explain the facts of the matter and remove any confusion or doubts a person may have,” writes Farhat Hashmi. This does not only apply to matters of religion, but also politics and news. Imams are the leaders of the community, influencing multiple facets of Muslim life.
Shi’ites believe that Imams safeguard the will of God, allowing other Muslims to draw from God’s wisdom and guidance when necessary. The imams must live without sin or fault in order to fulfill their roles as leaders and religious influences.
Exemplary imams have been at the forefront of condemning terrorism and the corruption found within some elements of modern Islam. Over 1,800 Pakistani clerics condemned terrorism in a joint statement. After the London Bridge was attacked by terrorists, 500 imams refused to perform any sort of commemorative service for the dead criminals. A majority of imams are good people who strive to serve their communities in the best ways possible.
But some imams are influencing young Muslims and misguided Muslims to take a different direction. Their preachings are too radical and too far off from the original words of the Quran, yet no one challenges them on it.
Political Influence: Imams ‘Adjusting’ Islam
In 1990, after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Muslim clerics rushed to re-define the Islamic traditions so that it appeared as if Muslim tradition did not condemn the waging of war on another Islamic country. In a legal report for the Library of Congress, researcher George Sadek asserted that militant groups not affiliated with a country, such as Al-Qaeda and Isis, have their own fundamentalist interpretations of international relations that stray from years of Islamic tradition in dealing with foreign countries.
The Quran rejects dictatorships. But often imams support the dictators in their own countries. Iran is a dictatorship, run by an imam. Supposedly in Iran the imam is above the law, so the dictatorship is a very technical legality.
Theoretically, jihad is supposed to be used to throw off dictatorships and false rulers who oppress the people. It is not supposed to be used to force Islam on other people.
Imams Oppress Women
Imams have often denied women the right to leave their husbands. Some of them still teach that Islam allows men to control their wives, even though there is no Quranic basis for this. Divorce laws among Muslims vary from community to community.
In France, a Salafi imam was exiled to Algeria by the government after preaching several disturbing principles. Among those teachings were ruling that called for the oppression of women. “Women could not leave their homes without authorization,” he said.
The Telegraph tells a story of imams in mosques teaching against women, particularly white women. Because these women are not Muslims, they must be punished, according to imams, for their loose behavior, by being exploited in some fashion. These imams are divisive and bring about more misogyny in Islam.
In Cardiff, U.K., an imam harassed several young girls and assaulted them if they failed to follow his instructions. He taught in that mosque for thirty years before he was arrested and jailed for his crimes. Women in Islam are supposed to be treated with respect, not as animals. The Quran teaches that women are not supposed to be objectified. It also teaches that men are not supposed to be promiscuous.
The Quran is actually very progressive in its teachings on women.
Imams: The Real Evil
The real problem behind Islam is the manipulation of the sacred text of the Quran by the imams. In the Sunni version of Islam, imams are the leaders of sacred worship and the interpreters of the Quran.
Imams can be bearers of wisdom and, because of their positions in Muslim society, can impact their communities in a positive light. But some choose not to do so. Some imams in different countries teach children that martyrdom in Islam is more important than academic success. Often these imams are allowed to teach for several years, influencing young men to become terrorists and to radicalize others into forming terrorist groups.
An imam in the United States, Suleiman Anwar Bengharsa, supplied a terrorist with over $1,000 in weapons. Bengharsa made videos for his YouTube page, which further encouraged and instructed young converts to prepare for jihad.
Islam is a uniquely law-based religion, that relies on an interpretation of the Quran into law in order to be fully realized. In the book, Imams and Emirs: State, Religion, and Sects in Islam, Fuad I. Kuri writes that “Salvation in Islam is sought by following God’s laws and decrees.”
These laws are achieved by an ulama or an agreement that relies on the general consensus of men. Imams are the ones that arrive at this consensus.
The Quran and the spirit of the Quran are not the ones that need to change. Rather, it seems that the attitude of the religious leaders in Islam should change. Even Muslim scholars admit that Islam is an idea that is constantly sought after. Therefore, it is not the ideal that should change, but rather the composite where the ideal seeks to adapt to reality.
Imams Abuse The Trust of Their Followers
Wahhabism, a Muslim philosophy that many believe to be behind terrorist ideals, was initiated by a Muslim cleric, Muhammad bin Abd al Wahhab, and Muhammad bin Saud, founder of the first Saudi state, in the late eighteenth century. The philosophy seeks to strip Islam of it’s more conventional religious practices, such as the veneration of saints and the celebration of Muhammad’s birthday,
It politicized and polarized Islam even more. Clerics that professed Wahhabism were incorporated in the Saudi government. This inspires warriors to seize different territories, wage war, and persecute other Islamic sects, such as the Shi’ites. None of these precepts are found in the Quran.
Salafiyya is another Muslim approach to the fulfillment of Islam. Al-Qaeda is heavily influenced by this approach, which advocates for firm adherence to the Quran and the hadith, or words of Mohammed not found in the Quran. The approach is not only religious but also politically motivated: Al Qaeda calls for the overthrowing of Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia.
Politicians Are Using The Imams
The Saudi Arabian government does not distinguish a separation between religion and the state. The royal family of Saud elevated the ulama in Saudi Arabia to higher levels of power to help them maintain control in the 1980’s and 1990’s. With the rising of terrorism, the government demoted the importance of imams.
The Islamic state is a phenomenon common to the Middle East. The structure and hadiths of Islam are built into the law of a nation. Because the Caliph was the head of the communities of Islam, and the caliph was in charge of the administrative duties, and Islam law was applied in courts, the leader of the state was the leader of the religion as well.
The modern definition of the Islamic state did not come about until the 20th century.
In Turkey, imams are moving to regain the ability to be political. In 1965, Turkey banned imams from engaging in political activity. Imam politicians hope to gain more say in how the state handles Islam. Since Turkey is a unique system where the state controls Islam, imams are working to take back their power.
Imam Khomeini argued in an essay that Islam seeks to combine religious ethics and politics into one concept.
Iran has a supreme leader who is also an imam. He is above the law. However, this is outside the realm of the Quran. While defenders of this system say that the prophet Mohammed operated from this system, critics will say that no one else can claim that sort of divine leadership other than Mohammed.
In Nigeria, in the 2007 elections, imams encouraged their congregations to elect a specific politician during religious services on Fridays. One imam was assassinated after such a sermon. The 2007 elections were considered the most violent elections in Nigerian history.
Muslims Must Do More
Islam should be a religion where the imams can be questioned on teachings that do not sound right. Instead of avoid questioning the imams at all costs, Muslims must determine what they believe in and challenge the imams who teach otherwise. Fetullah Gulen, in an article written for Politico, stated that in order to solve the problem of terrorism in Muslim communities, proper education is key. He said, “The antidote is a religious education program that teaches the tradition in a holistic and contextualized way. To be able to resist the deceits of radical ideologues, young Muslims must understand the spirit of their scripture and the overarching principles of their Prophet’s life.”
To Muslims reading this, I challenge you to learn more about the Quran and about your faith from the writings of your scholars, not solely from the imams at your mosques. Don’t be afraid to question what you are told. It is not a sign of disrespect to analyze and research the things you hear.
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Funerals can give us some of the most sobering moments of our lives, the purpose, meaning, and brevity of human existence coming out of the shadows and drawing into sharp focus. It’s only then, for a brief open-casket viewing, that we see our frailty and that our myopic tendencies are exposed for what they are: petty and trivial.
Could our refusal to talk about death actually be unbelief – doubting that heaven holds a better life for us than this one? Or is it simply a matter of an attention deficit – being captivated by motion and distracted by shiny objects that herd our thoughts toward temporary, fleeting, vanishing things?
Heaven Is NOT:
- Heaven isn’t now. Somewhere in the world, between twenty-five and thirty wars are being fought right now. Enough said.
- Heaven isn’t for everyone. Some people won’t be there. I know that sounds harsh and exclusive, but it’s the truth. We’ll get to this later.
- Heaven isn’t cute and ethereal. I’m not judging you if you have Precious Moments figurines on your bookshelf or mantle; I’m just saying heaven will not look like those. Nor will heaven look like what we see in cartoons or movies, where we float on clouds and God is Morgan Freeman.
- Heaven isn’t a state of mind or a mindless state. In some forms of Eastern thought, people aspire to be liberated from cravings, anger, and afflictive states. Nirvana is where there is nothing and where nothing is grasped. However, heaven is not nirvana.
Hell Is NOT:
- Hell isn’t funny. Gary Larson’s Far Side comics are often hilarious, but what he depicts about heaven, and especially about hell, are just plain wrong. No one will ever laugh in hell.
- Hell isn’t a bearable annoyance. Often we are led to think that hell is just a bad hair day stretched out for a long time. Or something like this crosses our mind: My life is hell. Life can be difficult, but this life is not what the Bible describes as hell.
- Hell isn’t just for Hitler and those Columbine shooters and maybe a few more. Lost Springs, Wyoming, boasts a population of one. Jesus clearly indicated a population for hell that’s much greater than that of Lost Springs: “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13, NIV).
Death means “separation.” What happens when a person dies? Now technically, the scriptures speak of at least four kinds of death in relation to one’s spirit, soul and body:
1. SPIRITUAL DEATH (Isa.59:2; Eph. 2:1)
This death is the SEPARATION of man from God because of sin. Briefly explain the fall of Adam (Gen. 2:16-17). One can be alive physically but dead spiritually (Matt. 8:22; I Tim. 5:6). A lost person may have a live body, live soul, but dead spirit! The good news is that a sinner can still escape spiritual death and be spiritually resurrected (Eph. 2:5). A man has a lifetime of opportunity to escape spiritual death.
2. PHYSICAL DEATH (Jas. 2:26; Gen. 35:18)
This death is the SEPARATION of the INWARD man from OUTWARD man (cf. Eph. 3:16; II Cor. 4:16). There is no escape from physical death except at the Rapture! But barring the Rapture in our lifetime, we will all die and there is no escape in spite of the amazing advancements by technology, science, and medicine. Our BODY of flesh is the outward man that dies, corrupts and returns to dust (Job 34:15). On the other hand, the SOUL is the inward man that is immortal and incorruptible. The BODY may be dead but the SOUL is alive forevermore in heaven (II Cor.5:8) or hell (Luke 16:23). No soul sleep but body sleep instead!
One may be dead physically but that is not the end of everything (Heb. 9:27). The Bible teaches that the SOUL is ever alive and conscious even when the BODY is dead! We get a foretaste of physical death when we sleep and dream!
3. ETERNAL DEATH (Luke 16:19-21; Ezek. 18:4)
This is the SEPARATION of the SOUL from the BODY and SPIRIT to be cast into hell. When the BODY dies, it returns to dust and the SPIRIT returns to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7). When the body dies, there is no more second chance of salvation for then the SOUL is lost and condemned forever and ever. It will be separated from God ETERNALLY! Unlike spiritual death, eternal death is irreversible!
4. SECOND or FINAL DEATH (Rev. 20:15; 21:8)
This will take place AFTER the Millennium at the Great White Throne Judgment. Contrary to popular belief, the Last Judgment does not occur at the Second Coming of Christ but only after His literal 1000-year earthly reign (Rev. 20:5-6). (Summarize passage). At the Last Judgment, the dead will be physically resurrected which means that their bodies will again re-unite with their souls to face God – the Judge and give an account. The sea, the grave, death, and hell itself will give up ALL the bodies and souls in them to be judged.
Notice that this second death is the casting of both BODY and SOUL into the Lake of Fire (Matt. 10:28). The Bible teaches TWO hells – one below the earth which is temporary (Matt. 12:40; Acts 2:27, 31) and the other above the earth which is everlasting – the Lake of Fire which was prepared for the devil and His angels (Matt. 25:41). Hell itself will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:14) along with those who will perish after the Last Judgment.
The final death results in the casting into the Lake of Fire of all the “rubbish of the universe” – Satan and his unholy angels, death, hell, sin, and sadly, all who died without repenting of their sins and rejected Christ as Lord & Saviour!
Conclusion: The Lake of Fire in its final state will be thick darkness (Jude 13), unquenchable fire, torment, suffering, plus worms (Mark 9:44-48). Friend, life is short, death is sure, sin is a curse but Christ is the hope and cure (John 11:25). Do you have 100% assurance of salvation in Christ?
Death As “Sleep”
The Bible compares death to sleep more than fifty times. After death we are asleep, we are unconscious; we are not aware of the passing of time or of what is going on around us. That is what death is like as well. The Bible says, “for the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing… their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, NKJV, see also Psalm 146:4; 115:17).
It makes sense that after Lazarus was raised from the dead, he doesn’t share what he saw or experienced. He didn’t have anything to tell, except that once he was dead, and now he is alive! He didn’t experience hell or heaven. He was simply “sleeping” in his tomb. Peter on the Day of Pentecost said the same of King David. “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day…For David did not ascend into the heavens…”(Acts 2:29, 34).
What Christians Believe About The “SOUL”?
Many Christians think of the soul as an immortal entity within us that goes on living after death. What does the Bible say? Describing the creation of human beings in the beginning, the Bible says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV). Other Bible translations say, “. . . and man became a living being” (NKJV; NIV). God did not put a soul into man.
He formed the body from the dust of the ground, and then He breathed His life-giving spirit into the lifeless body—and the result was a soul or a living being. When a person dies, the reverse takes place. The breath of life departs from the body, and the soul no longer exists. That’s what the Bible says. “The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7, NIV). At the resurrection, God reunites the body and His life-giving spirit—and the person lives again.
If souls existed as separate entities that lived on after we died, that would mean we have immortality. However, the Bible says human beings do not have immortality. Only God is immortal (see 1 Timothy 6:15, 16). Paul says that the righteous “seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Romans 2:7). If we had immortal souls, why would the righteous seek after something they already have?
Maybe simply defined as the termination of life. It is represented under a variety of aspects in Scripture:
- “The dust shall return to the earth as it was” (Eccl 12:7).
- “Thou takest away their breath, they die” (Psalms 104:29).
- It is the dissolution of “our earthly house of this tabernacle” (2Corinthians 5:1); the “putting off this tabernacle” (2 Peter 1:132 Peter 1:14).
- Being “unclothed” (2 Corinthians 5:3 2 Corinthians 5:4).
- “Falling on sleep” (Psalms 76:5 ; Jeremiah 51:39 ; Acts 13:36 ; 2 Pet 3:9)
- “I go whence I shall not return” (Job 10:21); “Make me to know mine end” (Psalms 39:4); “to depart” (Phil 1:23).
- The grave is represented as “the gates of death” (Job 38:17 ; Psalms 9:13 ; 107:18).
- The gloomy silence of the grave is spoken of under the figure of the “shadow of death” (Jeremiah 2:6 ). Death is the effect of sin (Hebrews 2:14), and not a “debt of nature.” It is but once (9:27), universal (Genesis 3:19), necessary (Luke 2:28-30). Jesus has by his own death taken away its sting for all his followers (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
There is spiritual death in trespasses and sins, i.e., the death of the soul under the power of sin ( Romans 8:6 ; Ephesians 2:1Ephesians 2:3 ; Colossians 2:13 ).
The “second death” (Revelation 2:11) is the everlasting perdition of the wicked (Revelation 21:8), and “second” in respect to natural or temporal death.
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I find it funny when businessmen I talk to often tell me: “sorry to cut you off but…”. I answer them: “I’m Jewish, born in Israel. If you will not cut me off, you’ll never have a chance to talk.”
In many Mediterranean cultures, two can talk and listen at the same time.
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JURAVIN RESEARCH reveals: Alcohol is the New Form of Unpainful Happy Spiritual Suicide: 3 million DEATHS annually
Alcohol deaths: 1 in 19 worldwide. 1 in 7 in the age bracket 20 to 39
JURAVIN RESEARCH reveals scary statistics of alcohol abuse to a degree of “spiritual suicide”. While social drinking may have its advantages, it seems like alcohol may be used subconsciously as a suicidal form to forget real-life problems, feel artificially happy and die. “Spirits” get a death toll number of 3 million worldwide.
We found a correlation between alcohol consumption and suicide rate based on World Happiness Report 2017
Alcohol Use Rate Comparison: USA vs Europe vs Israel. Which country has lower alcohol use?
World Lowest (best) Alcohol Use
- 0.00 (world’s best mainly for religious restrictions) Mauritania, Kuwait, Libia, Somalia, Bangladesh
- 3.80 ( research winner) Israel
- 9.80 USA
- 11.17 Euro-top
- 13.40 Germany
- 12.60 France
- 7.50 Italy
Comparing USA Vs. Europe top countries (Germany, France, Italy) Vs. Israel
- Israel’s alcohol use is 2.56 times lower than the world average
- Israel’s alcohol use is 2.58 times lower than the USA
- Israel’s alcohol use is 2.94 times lower than Euro-top
World Happiness Report with similar correlation
Though not statistically correlated, the happiness factor has similar grading
- Israel 11th
- United States 14th
- Euro-top 32 average (Germany 16, France 31, Italy 48
Important Key Facts
- 3 million deaths worldwide annually resulting from harmful use of alcohol, representing 5.3% (1 in 19) of all deaths.
- 200 related diseases: Alcohol consumption is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioral disorders, including alcohol dependence, major noncommunicable diseases such as liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, as well as injuries resulting from violence and road clashes and collisions.
- 1 in 20 dies: Overall 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).
- Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group, 20 to 39 years approximately 13.5% (1 in 7) of the total deaths are alcohol-attributable.
- The suicide factor: there is a causal relationship between the harmful use of alcohol and a range of mental and behavioral disorders, other noncommunicable conditions as well as injuries.
- The latest causal relationships have been established between harmful drinking and incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis as well as the course of HIV/AIDS.
- Social and economic losses: Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.
- There are gender differences in alcohol-related mortality and morbidity, as well as levels and patterns of alcohol consumption.
- Men Vs. Women: The percentage of alcohol-attributable deaths among men amount to 7.7% of all global deaths compared to 2.6% of all deaths among women. Total alcohol per capita consumption in 2010 among male and female drinkers worldwide was on average 19.4 liters for males and 7.0 liters of pure alcohol for females.
- Children: More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems (2012 study)
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Source: World Happiness Report, World Health Organization 2018 (based on 2016 stats)